Draped in luxury, travel back in time with therapies of the simpler times at Kaya Kalp—The Royal Spa, ITC Royal Bengal. By Bayar Jain
In a world pacing towards hi-tech cities, bullet trains, and an ocean of modernities, it’s hard to imagine any space celebrating the nation’s ancient customs and rituals. Yet, look close enough and you’ll find pockets of peace trotting along this very train of thought. At Kaya Kalp—The Royal Spa at ITC Royal Bengal—a cultural heritage in itself—healing stones, soothing music, and the gentle hands of therapists take you back to simpler times. Some of the world’s most precious stones and metals like diamonds, rubies, gold, and platinum join hands at this wellness sanctuary, allowing you to reap benefits of yesteryears, without having to compromise on luxury. Here, a ‘dance of elements’ takes you on a journey of rejuvenation, giving you a glimpse of life’s secret symphonies.
The first instance of India’s ancient traditions can be seen with the spa’s two-hour-long Ayurvedic journey. Aptly named the ‘Passage to India’, this quest for solitude begins with a guided meditation to prepare you for the spiritual experience that lays ahead. Next, indigenous herbs and spices are lavishly applied, followed by Abhyanga—a full body massage—by two skilled therapists. As their long strokes ease the pain away, a blend of traditional oils awakens your inner wisdom. Shirodhara, a treatment aimed at improving blood supply, follows suit. In this, a warm medicated oil is continuously poured on the forehead to unblock nerve impulses and relieve mental tension. An Ayurvedic exfoliation ends the wellness saga. Serving as the perfect way to connect and ground yourself with nature, in this, your body is cocooned in a natural blend of mung bean.
On metamorphosis, emerges a cleansed mind, body, and spirit. Nationwide traditions aside, a wide variety of indigenous ingredients native to Bengal also find a space in the spa menu here. The ‘Eastern Spa Journey’, spanning two hours, is one such therapy. During the therapeutic experience, a body scrub made of Gobindobhog rice exfoliates your body, a Juhi oil massage rejuvenates your senses, and Sunderban honey and mandarin orange face mask cleanses your skin, giving it an instant glow. Inhaling the aroma of their home-grown Gondhoraj lemon serves as the ideal end to a relaxation journey that it was.
A similar love for all things natural weaves its way into their other spa treatments as well. In the ‘Exotic Pomegranate Exfoliation’, for example, a unique combination of a deep-cleansing antioxidant pomegranate and lime, mixed with brown sugar gives a cameo, while Kaya Kalp’s signature blend of pomegranate, milk, lemon skin and brown sugar feature in their pomegranate sugar scrub. Pair these with the vigorous workout of the deep rhythmic movements of the therapists’ hands, and you’re sure to escape from the stresses of daily life.
The powerful therapeutic massage here also helps achieve the same results. Whether you choose a 60-minute long treatment or a 90-minute one, the dynamic blend of essential oils is guaranteed to take you to seventh heaven. Beginning with a de-stressing blend of Mysore sandalwood, a detoxifying mix of lime and ginger helps usher in the much-needed revitalisation. The warming properties of eucalyptus and black pepper help in melting muscle pain.
For a more centred approach, you can pamper yourself to coconut oil, hibiscus and japapatti infused head massage or facial, which uses a concoction of specially curated ingredients based on one’s skin type. While the former allows your mane to restore to its former, silky, nourished self, the latter treatment gives your skin a refreshed new look. Facials, however, are not restricted just to females. Here, an intensive daily care system designed to purify and rebalance the oiliness of men’s skin is also available. The Pure Performance Facial for men not only aims at reducing the appearance of pores, blackheads and skin perfections, but it also gives the skin a luminous, smooth and uniform appearance.